September 9, 2012 – 102 Days Until Baktun 12

Survivalist Tip: I mentioned previously that you should consider adding rope to your arsenal of survivalist supplies.  But, another type of rigging called paracord can be equally essential.  Also known as parachute cord or 550 cord, paracord is a lightweight nylon rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes for the U.S. military during World War II.  Once in the field, however, paratroopers found it useful for many other tasks, such as carrying supplies and strangling the enemy.  Obviously then, it could serve the same purpose in the midst of the chaos during the upheaval on and after December 21.

Paracord has a braided sheath with a high number of interwoven strands, which give it a smooth texture while keeping it fairly elastic.  This allows it to be used as lanyards, belts, dog leashes, kid leashes, whips and key chains.  I have to say, however, if you utilize paracord as belt material, you probably won’t survive the apocalypse anyway.  But, it will be especially useful for those who plan to head out on foot.  Hikers and various outdoor enthusiasts already make use of it.  Even some makers of xylophones and marimbas utilize paracord because of its percussion viability.  And, if it was good enough to strangle Nazis, it’s good enough to strangle people trying to steal your chocolate.

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